Our culture and values guide our belief that Bud must have a positive impact on the success of our people, communities and our environment.
“We came up with the vendor creation programme as a way to give these small business owners an opportunity to have a better facility to prepare and serve their meals in,” explains Jean Rossouw, HR Manager of Afrit. Four vendors who had been working in the area for a long time and had proven their intent to grow their business, were selected. “The vendor builds up a relationship with the workers so they can get their food quickly and efficiently during their meal break,” says Jean.
One of the vendors, Justice Mukwevhu, agrees, saying “I give the workers here credit and they pay me on the 25th so we work well together. “Justice has run a small shop since 2007, after working for seven years at Afrit. He credits the new trailer with improving his ability to serve his customers. “I am the breadwinner at home and I support everyone. I have to thank Afrit and Andre for changing my life because now my business is up and my life is good.”
Tiny Matjila agrees, saying her business has improved since she moved from the street corner to the trailer. “When I started here 12 years ago I cooked with firewood outside and now I’m using a gas stove and I have everything I need. I can even grill the meat. I was suffering before but now Afrit makes me proud and happy.“ Tiny is also the breadwinner as her husband is unemployed and she is proud to be putting her children through high school. “There is definitely scope for growth in the programme and we will look at improving and giving more opportunities in the future,“ says Jean. “I was present when the handover was done and the vendors were over the moon. It makes me feel extremely proud and it gives them a nice opportunity to grow.”
As we do, our people also recognise their responsibility to be sustainable in all they do, and some of our employees have gone further than expected to contribute to their communities and the environment that they work in.
We build diversified growth businesses across our chosen platforms: Chemicals and Minerals, Industrial Services, Building Materials and Financial Services.